Owners give stark warning after a day at the park ends in unbelievable tragedy

brown spaniel sitting in forest dog-sad © Jordan Shearman - Facebook

These dog owners wish they had known the dangers of going to the park before they did that day…so now they’re warning others.

By Justine Seraphin

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A couple of weeks ago, Hannah May Washington and Jordan Shearman took their dog Roo for a walk at Anton Lakes in Hampshire.

Being a Spaniel, Roo loved water, and enjoyed splashing around in the freshwater lake as they went along.

Everything seemed to be normal, but towards the end of their walk, the couple realised that Roo’s eyes were starting to droop. In the car, he became agitated and couldn’t settle down. That’s when they knew they had to take him to the emergency vet.

Very quick effects

It only took 15 minutes to get to the vet’s but that was already too long. During that time, Roo became incredibly pale, started having fits, and foaming at the mouth. Hannah held him, telling him that mummy and daddy loved him, not knowing what else to do.

By the time they arrived at the vet’s Roo had already passed away.

How to avoid it happening to you

Roo’s death was caused by the blue-green algae that can be found in freshwater lakes, ponds, canals, rivers and reservoirs. The algae produces toxic chemicals that can be very harmful to the health of people and animals. It is particularly widespread in the warmer months. You can tell blue-green algae is around if you see green or turquoise wispy paint, green scum, or clumps of green particles in the water.

If you suspect your area has blue-green algae it is recommended that you avoid areas with freshwater or keep your dog on a lead. As you can see, letting your dog play in it can have tragic consequences.

Hannah has said: "He was everything in our lives, quite literally. Our lives, our habits, our plans revolved around our lovely pup, and so I can't even begin to describe the pain we are in."

RIP, Roo.

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